Fast turns and sudden elevation changes on the Sonoma Raceway made it an interesting qualifying session for the Trans-Am Series presented by the Pirelli West Coast Championship drivers on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Dyson dominated the TA / XGT / SGT 20-minute qualifying session and broke more than two seconds in the 1: 32.923 second flyer on lap 4. The previous record of 1: 34.994 seconds is the legendary Transam driver Greg Pickett in 2020.
Dyson confident in his time, put on his personal best lap to save Pirelli tires for Sunday’s 100-mile feature, and then put on his new yellow and white outfit No . 20 ALTWELL CBD Parked Ford Mustang.
Dyson’s time was the fastest of the day and he won the Motul Pole Award, proving that the pause was the right decision.
Dyson traveled more than 3,000 miles from his home in New York and raced on the first historic circuit in Tranzam. The Dyson family has a deeply rooted history in Sonoma, competing in the IMSA GTP from 1985 to 1990, then to the IMSA WSC from 1995 to 1997, and to the American Le Mans Series in 1999 and 2002 to 2005. I did. Dyson’s last visit was the Pirelli World Challenge at the time in 2015.
“Today’s car was great,” Dyson said. “I always love to come to the race here in Sonoma. This is my first time to bring a Transam car and I am very happy to have my new sponsor Altowell CBD on the pole. It will be a great race. There’s a lot to do, but it’s certainly great to come here today and gain a track record of continuing my family’s legacy here. “
Peter Gregg Foundation Mercedes-Benz AMG driving No.59, XGT champion Simon Greg set the fastest time in its class with a leaflet of 1: 35.879 seconds. Greg temporarily stopped Erich Joiner on lap 7 with the No. 10 Goodboy Bob Coffee Roaster Porsche 991 GT3 R, but veteran racers returned to the top on the next circuit.
In this season’s new work, mixed class fields will be lined up according to the driver’s overall time, regardless of class. So Greg’s Mercedes-AMG starts from the pole next to Dyson’s Ford Mustang.
The TA2® session began with a black flag before the first lap was completed as the sun disappeared into the clouds and the track surface temperature dropped. Scott Bolchetta actually showed a strong performance and made contact with the tire barrier leaving Turn 8 after a third overall run. Volchetta remained intact in the incident, but his No. 48 big machine Vodka Ford Mustang did not continue the session.
After a lengthy cleanup, the driver returned to qualifying and another five minutes were added to the watch. The winner of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sam Mayer, is No. 8M1-SLR / Fields Chevrolet Camaro beat TA2® on the first lap and beat his own best time (1: 36.877 seconds) on lap 3.
“It’s my first time here. It’s great to be in class and dominate like this. It feels great,” Meyer said. “Team SLR and Scott Lagasse have put together a great piece for me today. I’m moving fast. I have to play my part in tomorrow’s race, get out there and smash it.”
Meyer is No. 28NicTailor / IFS M1-SLR / Fields Chevrolet Camaro will be the point in the second row next to teammate Connor Mosack. Mossack missed a full test day yesterday after suffering from dehydration due to dietary calm. Saturday morning practice was Mossack’s first seat this weekend and his first experience in Sonoma.
Line 3 is another mixed class line where joiners start fifth and TA2® class rookie Carl Rydquist joins the No. 47 Racecars4Rent / GroupWholesale Ford Mustang.
Rob Crocker’s No. at Sonoma’s debut in Transam. 77 Kuritauri Cyber Security Driving the Porsche Cayman 1: 45.158 seconds lap set the fastest time in the SGT class. However, due to the new 2021 racing rules, Crocker will now start in 22nd place on the field of 29 cars.
“The session was pretty good, but it was a bit tricky to warm the tires because the track temperature dropped so much,” Croker said. “When the tires got hot, the car started to get stuck a bit, and after the last few minutes of setup adjustments, we were heading in the right direction. It was a nice, easy and refreshing session for us.”
The multi-class Trans-Am 100-mile race, which is the star of the Sonoma Speed Tour weekend, is set for Sunday at 1:00 pm PST.follow us www.gotransam.com/livetiming For live timing and scoring throughout the weekend.
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